Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets ★★

While James Whitman's (the protagonist of the film and an obsessive fan of Walt Whitman) mental health is at the center of the film, Yaniv Raz's Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets takes its own time to get there. However, his mental panic is still the film's main point and Raz is basically going for throwing everything at the screen - be it cutesy throwbacks to movies, stylistic, colorful aesthetics about mood swings or just showcasing some visual panache for the sake of it.

This doesn't just stick out like a sore thumb but also comes off as incredibly pretentious, in spite of the right intentions. James' efforts to fix his own mental instability should have resulted in a better film and while Lucas Jade Zumann is a talented young actor, this isn't it.